Men and Women Both Rank Top-25

MANHATTAN, Kan. – K-State Track and Field saw both its men’s and women’s teams make substantial jumps up the latest USTFCCCA Division I Indoor Track & Field National Rankings with the women moving four spots to No. 6 in the country and the men improving 13 spots to No. 16 – their first time in the top-25 this season.

Ranking in the top-25 on both the men’s and women’s sides, this week marks the first time in indoor program history K-State has accomplished the feat since the computer rankings began in 2008. The Wildcats also join elite company as one of only 16 teams in the country to have both their men’s and women’s squads in the current top-25.

For the women, Akela Jones headlined their performance at this past weekend’s Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Jones set the school record in the long jump (6.64m/21-09.50), tied her school record in the 60-meter hurdles (8.17), as well as cleared a season-best 1.85m/6-00.75 in the high jump. All three marks placed in the top-seven nationally, as she along with six other Wildcats have combined to hold seven top-10 event marks in Division I – sixth-best in the nation.

Their latest ranking is a program-best for a women’s indoor squad and only No. 4 Texas ranks above the K-State women out of the Big 12 schools. 

The men, meanwhile, moved up an impressive 13 spots thanks in large part to season-best performances from freshmen Christoff Bryan and Nate Gipson in last weekend’s high jump invitational. Bryan, in particular, took first among a strong field, clearing 2.28m/7-05.75 to earn a share of the overall Division I event lead. He, along with Reinis Kregers (heptathlon – 6th) and Gipson (high jump – 7th) give the Wildcat men three athletes in the national top-10 in their respective events – third-best among Big 12 schools.

At No. 16, this week’s ranking marks the first time since the 2012-13 indoor season the men have held a spot in the national top-25. The program-best since the computer rankings began in 2008 is No. 11, handed out during the 2011-2012 preseason.

Lastly in the Midwest Regional Index, neither the women nor men moved from their respective spots of No. 1 and 3.

The national team rankings are compiled by a mathematical formulae based on national descending order lists. The purpose of the rankings is to create an index that showcases the teams that have the best potential of achieving the top spots in the national team race. This is the first edition of rankings this season that the USTFCCCA has factored in solely current marks from 2014-15, meaning preseason times/marks from previous seasons are no longer considered towards a school’s overall standing in the country.